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American Sign Language

BY HOLLY BEAN
@ VOL 3 ON SEP 20, 2013

Holly Bean, after deciding that languages such as Spanish and French were too difficult, decided to study American Sign Language in college. This became a major turning point in her life. After learning sign language, becoming an interpreter, and experiencing the euphoria of helping deaf people communicate, she wanted to do more. She now runs outreach programs for the American Sign Language Organization.

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Sign Painting's Resurgence

BY JOE SWEC
@ VOL 18 ON NOV 21, 2013

Sign painter and designer Joe Swec speaks on his life, his projects, and his aging (or flourishing?) medium. He discusses the typographic elements found in his work, the challenges he confronted, and the renaissance of sorts that he believes is occuring in reference to his style. 

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The Power of Observation

BY BOB HAMBLY
@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Bob Hambly examines the topic of observation – how we've become visually complacent, how we are manipulated to see certain things, how important it is to have good observational skills, and how we can go about improving them. This is something we can all get better at. And the better we get at observing, the better we will get at generating creative ideas.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 23, 2014.

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Sign Painting: Craft or Design?

BY ALARIC GARNIER
@ VOL 9 ON AUG 01, 2013

Sign painter and typography designer Alaric Garnier discusses his research around the vernacular of lettering via the publications he's designed as well as his work on the May Gallery visual identity. He speaks about his struggle to define his work as that of craft or design, and the conclusions he's arrived at. 

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Learning to Love Your Obsessions

BY BRIGETTE BORDERS
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

Brigette Borders is an artist, designer, educator, and a producer at Google. She loves geometry. 

Her artistic and architecural studies allowed her to overcome some (but not all!) of her obsessive compulsive behaviors, through encaustic painting and pattern making. 

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Living on the Less Dangerous Edge

BY DARUS ZAHM
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 14, 2015

Darus Zahm wants to live in a world where Phish is always playing in elevators.  When he’s not off communing with nature, you can find him trying to bring the cool back to rollerblading here in Brooklyn.

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Signs of Life...

BY JAMIE ARNOTT
@ VOL 25 ON SEP 25, 2015

Jamie Arnott is a manager in Glasgow City Council working on data analytics. His aim is to get city data to tell a story about how the city is changing and evolving, and to work out what it says about the way we live our lives today.! 

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Don’t Just Sign on the Dotted Line: Assessing Fitness to Drive

BY DR. GENEVIEVE YATES
@ VOL 42 ON SEP 02, 2015

“Nothing can bring the love of my life back. But if sharing our story indirectly results in one fewer person being injured by an unfit driver, at least some good has come out of this senseless tragedy.”

In “Don’t Just Sign on the Dotted Line: Assessing Fitness to Drive,” Dr. Genevieve Yates, a family physician from Australia, reminds us that driving is a privilege, not a right.  


In July 2015, while visiting friends in LA, her partner was hit and killed while out jogging. Since he died, she has been trying to find things that are positive and helpful to make a very horrible situation feel a little less senseless. One of these is by raising awareness of the dangers of unfit drivers on the road, and she put together a PechaKucha to spread this important message.

She hopes that by sharing her personal story in this way, it might just result, indirectly at least, in someone’s husband, wife or child being spared.

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The Spirit of Magic

BY JUSTIN SIGHT
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Justin Sight is a unique magician known for performing on the streets and subways of NYC. He was diagnosed legally blind at age 10. Justin has been featured on television  and online news outlets such as The NY Post and Gothamist. He talks about Magic from a spiritual perspective drawn from his involvement with the worlds mystery schools and scientific research that point to the essence of what we Truly Are.

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I Saw the Sign

BY RON YEARWOOD
@ VOL 17 ON NOV 06, 2015

Hand painting signs all over nashville 

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Keeping Up with the PechaKucha Site

As you may have noticed, there have been some changes on the website over the past week or so. We now have a social media menu bar at the top of the site (in black) where you can sign up for our new Facebook Fan page and our new Twitter feed (pechakucha). You can also register on the site, so that you can then log in and manage your global or city newsletters, comment on presentations, and more -- be a part of the creative PechaKucha network! We're hoping these features will be invaluable in allowing you to stay up to date with what is happening as we approach the February 20th "Global PechaKucha Night for Haiti." Sign up, PechaKucha needs you! And to clear things up about the Twitter feed, since we now have two. The new Twitter feed -- simply "pechakucha" -- will become the vital news feed. Thanks go out to Brett Stilwell of PKN Boston for helping to sort that out. The old feed --''pechakuchanight'' -- will remain the auto-tweet for events only, tweeting automatically 8 hours before an event.

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Simon Wallis

Today's presentation comes to us from PechaKucha Night in Leeds Vol. 3, with The Hepworth Wakefied director Simon Wallis talking about the new art gallery, located in Yorkshire.

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Drawn Lines, A Traffic Sign and Typographic Design, and PKN Singapore Illustrated

Presentations In her presentation (from PKN Hyderabad Vol. 9), Lasya Moronica shares some of the very detailed and complex line drawings she produces.  Jiri Toman is a young graphic artist, and in his presentation (in Czech, from PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2) he talks about his diploma project. He completely redesigned traffic signs, and designed a special font. He also shares his other typographic work. Posters We have four new posters on the Tumblr blog today, starting with PKN Bari Vol. 1 (pictured above). You'll also find posters for tonight's PKN Bratislava Vol. 20, PKN Bogota Vol. 9, and PKN Aalen Vol. 12.  Event Report How's this for a great event report, courtesy of PKN Singapore organizer Jon Siegel (on the recent Vol. 5): "One of our audience members [Bernie Quah], without us noticing, illustrated every speaker that night along with notes and posted it to Issuu." Calendar It's a big Thursday (September 20), with the following 10 PKNs on tap: PKN Maastricht Vol. 15, PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 3, PKN Miami Vol. 17, PKN Hamptons Vol. 1, PKN Valencia Vol. 14, PKN Winnipeg Vol. 11, PKN Whangarei Vol. 14, PKN Malaga Vol. 1, PKN Aarhus Vol. 14, and PKN Bratislava Vol. 20. Tomorrow, you'll find the following 3 events: PKN Lucerne Vol. 5, PKN Vancouver Vol. 23, and PKN Gisborne Vol. 10.

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"A Bite-Sized Idea Medley"

Argentina's own English-based online news source the Argentina Independent recently featured a recap of PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 29, and had a bit of this to say: Presenter Natalia Nasep, of Cine en movimiento, an organisation that aims to provide the means and equipment for disadvantaged children to express themselves by making films and documentaries about the world around them, described her experience. “It was difficult, honestly, to choose 20 images to tell the story of our whole project, our process, but after that, we followed through with the point that we wanted to convey with the presentation and it worked out.” As well as: Attending a PechaKucha night is the perfect way to jump right into a new city and uncover a dozen different creative projects happening within, meet people, or to just get a quick infusion of inspiration directly into your veins. I can’t recommend it enough. Check out the full Argentina Independent article here. (photo credit: BlueVertigo)

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Eric Siu

PechaKucha Night Vol. 113 is just under a week away (on Wednesday, April 30) and so over the next few days we'll be highlighting the presenters. We kick it off with media artist Eric Siu, who will talk about his head-covering Touchy human camera. ペチャクチャナイトVol.113まであと一週間(4月30日)そして数日後よりプレゼンテーターのハイライトを始めます。まず初めにメディアアーティストEric SiuのヘッドカバーするTouchy human cameraから。 

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The Evolution of a Vacant Site

Transforming post-earthquake Christchurch vacant lots into art spaces: Urban Strategist Brie Sherow brokers vacant spaces for creative projects in quake torn Christchurch. In a city full of empty lots, Brie and the team at Life in Vacant Spaces help facilitate the short term leases of empty space to temporarily rejuevite sites. In "The Evolution of a Vacant Site" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 19, Brie explains how one site over the course of 7 months hosted a wide variety of artistic and community projects.  

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Building Communities with Signs

Can a sign change the way a community views itself? Designer Stephen Jones discusses his travels across the United States, and the numerous signage he found during his journey. In “Building Communities with Signs” from PKN Nashvile Vol. 13, he goes into depth on the character that a sign can bring out of and give back to a city.

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Sign of the Times

PKN helped the city Whangarei celebrate "New Zealand Sign Language Week" commemorating the recognition of Sign Language as an official language of the county. "Because of its visual nature, PechaKucha...is an easily accessible event for the deaf community."   

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Moving, in Ontario

Canada's Globe and Mail shares with us a lovely story of a PechaKucha Night connection in rural Ontario.  I spotted a poster for “Pecha Kucha” to be held in the library on Thursday, and the tickets were to be purchased at her gallery. “What is pekoe koochoo?” I asked, struggling with the unusual name. This is only the beginning, check out the full story here.

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